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Pinterest acquires Instapaper, the ‘save anything’ service

Pinterest acquires Instapaper, the ‘save anything’ service

Instapaper, the service that advertised itself as a 'save anything' tool, has been acquired by Pinterest, marking the latest evolution in both companies' platforms. With Instapaper, users are able to save anything from around the web to read later -- articles, recipes, etc -- on whatever device they'd like, whether it is their laptop, Kindle, smartphone or whatever else. For the average Instapaper user, nothing about this changes.

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Apple acquires Gliimpse, a health data startup

Apple acquires Gliimpse, a health data startup

Apple has acquired Gliimpse, a startup that concerns itself with health data and making it easier for patients to access their medical records. Apple has, according to sources, acquired the startup, adding it to its own growing repertoire of health products. Though Apple has confirmed the acquisition, it hasn't provided any details; sources claim the acquisition took place earlier this year. Gliimpse has not commented on the business deal.

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Roland Corporation snatches up 70% stake in V-MODA

Roland Corporation snatches up 70% stake in V-MODA

Japanese music company Roland announced today that it has purchased a controlling stake in V-MODA, an international company that makes high-end headphones and accessories. The deal will see V-MODA become one of Roland's brands, as Roland takes a controlling 70% stake in the company while V-MODA founder and CEO Val Kolton retains the remaining 30%. This won't be the first time the two have joined forces, as Roland and V-MODA have partnered to develop products in the past.

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Apple acquires Turi, an AI and machine learning startup

Apple acquires Turi, an AI and machine learning startup

Apple has acquired Seattle-based AI and machine learning startup Turi, according to sources, for around $200 million. Apple has not confirmed details about the acquisition, instead proffering its blanket statement that, on occasion, it buys small tech companies and generally doesn’t talk about why. Sources say the Turi team will probably remain in Seattle, but it isn’t known what exactly Apple has planned for the company.

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This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

Back in June, we heard of Tesla chairman Elon Musk's plan to purchase SolarCity. At that time, it appeared that a deal was all but approved, with Musk saying the two had to do their due diligence and seek the go-ahead from the board of directors for both companies. It looks like that approval has arrived, with Tesla announcing today that it has struck a deal with SolarCity and will now move forward with the acquisition process.

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Oracle snatches up NetSuite in huge $9.3 billion deal

Oracle snatches up NetSuite in huge $9.3 billion deal

Oracle is looking to tackle the cloud market in a big way, announcing today that it will acquire NetSuite for a staggering $9.3 billion. That's enough money to firmly position this deal as one of the largest in Oracle's history, which is no stranger to multi-billion dollar buyouts. NetSuite has the distinction of being the first company to offer cloud-based computing, launching way back in 1998.

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VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO is being acquired by LeEco, the companies have announced, a deal that costs $2 billion and will involve VIZIO, for the most part, operating as a LeEco subsidiary. Both VIZIO's hardware and software businesses are being acquired; while they’ll operate as a subsidiary, the company’s data business will be spun out into a separate private company, says LeEco. Both companies are benefiting from the acquisition, with VIZIO giving LeEco its massive user base in North America and LeEco, for its part, being poised to expand VIZIO across the globe.

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Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

What was once a rumor is now confirmed, with Verizon announcing today that it will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for $4.83 billion. We heard the two companies were closing in on deal last week, as Verizon was said to be in one-to-one talks with the internet company. Not only does this acquisition put Verizon in a position where it can compete with Google and Facebook on the mobile advertising side of things, but after last year's purchase of AOL, it also makes Verizon quite the presence in the online media world.

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Verizon closing in on $5 billion Yahoo purchase

Verizon closing in on $5 billion Yahoo purchase

Verizon may soon be vastly increasing its content and advertising business, as it's said to be in one-on-one talks to purchase Yahoo. Sources close to the deal say that Verizon could pay around $5 billion to purchase Yahoo's core business, which would essentially disqualify other interested buyers. Indeed, what was once a number of bidders now seems to have been whittled down to just Verizon, which is now apparently trying to hammer out a deal.

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Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Instead of getting $1.2 billion, Opera will have to settle for just half of that. That is the new deal that the once extremely popular mobile web browser maker and a consortium of Chinese Internet firms have reached after the original, more lucrative offer didn't get approved in time. The new deal also involves only selling parts of Opera's overall business, but it will naturally be the most significant parts, and the very parts that could cause some concern from privacy advocates and some governments.

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SoftBank acquiring ARM Holdings for $31.4-billion

SoftBank acquiring ARM Holdings for $31.4-billion

This week the folks at SoftBank have announced plans to acquire ARM Holdings for a cool $31.4-billion USD. An agreement between the companies has been reached which suggests that an all cash acquisition will be made. This acquisition will have SoftBank acquiring ARM, making ARM a "wholly-owned subsidiary of SoftBank." According to the release on this acquisition, "The consideration values the entire existing issued and to be issued share capital of ARM at approximately £24.3 billion."

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Clash of Clans now owned by Tencent with Supercell acquisition

Clash of Clans now owned by Tencent with Supercell acquisition

In one fell swoop, Chinese Internet giant Tencent suddenly owns 13% of the world's games market. That's thanks to its $10.2 billion acquisition of 84% stakes in Supercell, the Finnish company best known for its highly addictive and lucrative mobile game "Clash of Clans". With Supercell in its armory, Tencent is poised to spread its domination of the mobile gaming business from China to the rest of the world, pitting itself against major publishers and the likes of Candy Crush maker King, which is now owned by Activision Blizzard.

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